Thursday, January 4, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4168: President Trump's Hands - Conspicuous by their absence - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In the above video of Donald Trump (published earlier today), the President exhibits a profound nonverbal signal. Watch it once and see if you can spot it.

Conspicuous by their absence - his hands are beneath the table the entire time. You can watch thousands of hours of videos of heads-of-state and you will rarely spot this body language - especially while they're speaking. This is particularly true of President Trump, whose normal behavior is to use fairly dramatic and frequent hand/arm gestures (aka Illustrators). Why? There are only a few possible reasons:

Low Confidence: A low confidence level is the most common reason a person will keep their hands beneath the table for an extended duration. Trump is the US President - obviously, a very powerful position, so why would he lack confidence?

Deception: Hands held beneath the table for this length of time during any kind of meeting, negotiation, sale, courtroom scenario, etc., is a gargantuan red flag. If you see it, look out - you may be about to get skinned.

Medical Etiology: Donald Trump very likely has a movement disorder, tremor, or tremor-like condition (caused by a Central Nervous System Disorder or a drug side effect). He has recently had trouble holding drinking glasses/bottles, patted his chest during the national anthem, and could not hold still during public prayers. Please see the following recent relevant cross-references:

Body Language Analysis No.4156: President Trump's Cabinet Meeting - Crossing Arms and Excessive Motion

Body Language Analysis No. 4154: Donald Trump's Two-Handed Drinking

Body Language Analysis No. 4151: Donald Trump at FBI National Academy Graduation
Body Language Analysis No. 4157: Donald Trump, Signing the Tax Bill, and Double-Arm Gripping

Summary: Donald Trump's lack of hand exposure above the table is secondary to a medical condition, deception, and/or low confidence.

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Body Language Analysis No. 4167: Gary Oldman, Hugh Jackman, and Compliments

Body Language Analysis No. 4165: Kim Jong-un's New Years Faux Pas

Body Language Analysis No. 4162: Is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Going to Run for President in 2020?

Body Language Analysis No. 4158: Michelle Williams regarding Kevin Spacey - "All the Money in the World"

Body Language Analysis No. 4155: Luis Elizondo Interview - Former Military Intelligence Official Who Ran AATIP (The Pentagon's Secret UFO Unit)